After an off-day on Monday, the Mariners will begin a nine-game road trip on Tuesday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. They'll send youngster Erasmo Ramirez to the mound seeking to turn around their recent fortunes.
The Mariners beat the Brewers, 2-0, on Sunday but had gone 3-6 in August until claiming the final game of the homestand.
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was stellar on Sunday, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out nine. Given how deep he went into the game, and the off-day, the Mariners' bullpen should be plenty rested as they start the road trip against the Rays.
Ramirez, too, should be plenty rested. The right-hander will start following nine days' rest, since Seattle skipped him in the rotation with its previous off-day.
The 22-year-old missed the season's first three months with an elbow issue, but the Mariners have won each of his past three starts, thanks in part to plentiful run support.
Ramirez will oppose a Tampa Bay team battling for playoff position. The Rays, however, have cooled off considerably lately after a red-hot July. They have lost seven of their past nine games after rattling off 19 of 22 and trail the first-place Red Sox by three games in the American League East.
One of the reasons Tampa Bay was so dominant in July was the emergence of young hurler Chris Archer, who will start on Tuesday.
Archer, 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA, has been dominant at times, perhaps most memorably against the Yankees on July 27. One start after shutting out the Astros, he handcuffed the Yankees in New York with a two-hit shutout.
That 1-0 victory was his fourth consecutive win, but he hasn't been as good in his last two starts. He gave up four runs over seven innings against the Giants on Aug. 2, and in his most recent start, on Aug. 7, he left with tightness in his forearm after just 1 2/3 innings.
But since leaving that start, the 24-year-old has completed all of his normal work and appears good to go on Tuesday.
So what will he look to accomplish after that short start?
"Stay within myself," Archer said. "Continue to build on the things we've been building on the past two months since I've been here. And the outcome will take care of itself. Continue to stay focused on the process and the outcome, and the results will take care of themselves."
Mariners: Infield error-prone of late
The Mariners did not commit an error in Sunday's shutout victory, which helped Hernandez get the win and lower his ERA from 2.39 to 2.28.
That sharpness in the field was an important part of the Mariners' 15-10 record in July, but recently the defense has been more error-prone, particularly in the infield.
Seattle had committed 12 errors in its previous 11 games before Sunday's error-free affair. The Mariners' young middle infielders, Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, struggled during that stretch.
"The veterans know right away that they've made a mistake, and most of the time, they don't make the mistakes," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "In the case of the guys up the middle, they're learning on the job. They're learning and getting topped off at the big league level. It's a different ballgame playing up here every day than it is in [Triple-A] Tacoma or Double-A [Jackson]."
Rays: Myers' on-base streak over
Wil Myers went 0-for-4 on Saturday, bringing to a close his streak of 22 consecutive games reaching base. He went 0-for-3 on Sunday but did drive in a run, with a sacrifice fly. The 22-game streak is the second-longest for a Rays rookie, trailing only Rocco Baldelli, who reached safely in 24 consecutive games in 2003.
After Sunday, Myers has reached base in 38 of his 44 games this season.
Since he was called up on June 18, Myers leads all Major League rookies with eight homers and 31 RBIs. Entering Monday he is second among Major League rookies in hits, with 55, trailing only the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig over that stretch.
• Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist has hit safely in 12 of his past 14 games.
• The Rays have an off-day on Monday, their fourth in 12 days. Tuesday's game begins a stretch of 46 games in 48 days to conclude the regular season.
Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.